Quebec secular 'values' charter divides institutions
Hearings on Bill 60 begin at national assembly
Posted: January 13, 2014
City of Côte Saint-Luc
Essentially, [the Quebec government is] showing [its] complete lack of respect for
municipal institutions, school boards, public hospital boards by imposing values that those elected officials may not agree with... It's just deplorable.
City of Montreal
We define Montreal by its diversity — it’s not a one-size-fits-all. My role is to make sure that we keep that.
Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse
The vision of the majority just quashes the rights of the minorities, and that's where it is a
radical departure... from the spirit and the letter of the Quebec Charter [of human rights and freedoms.]
Concordia University is strongly committed to the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms
and to the diversity of our community and the inclusion of all individuals in public life.
English Montreal School Board
If you are putting out a law where you're saying it's inappropriate to wear a religious symbol... and
you're being treated differently and you're being taunted, you're being ridiculed, you're being bullied... The government is not making our job very easy to combat that.
Jewish General Hospital
If approved, this offensive legislation would make it extremely difficult for the JGH to
function as an exemplary member of Quebec’s public health care system.
Lester B. Pearson School Board
[T]his fear-mongering, hate-promoting bill goes against everything the English public
school system and the Lester B. Pearson School Board believes in, stands for and teaches in our classrooms.
The University must remain a place for the free and full exchange of ideas. The proposal to prohibit
our professors and staff from wearing visible religious symbols runs contrary to our principles. The wearing of such symbols in no way interferes with the religious and political neutrality of McGill as an institution.
McGill University Health Centre
It will make the MUHC a much less welcoming environment for our patients and their families, create
friction with our suppliers and result in insurmountable challenges in terms of staff retention, recruitment and morale.
This is not a good idea... In fact, it is precisely the role of the university to confront such ideas.
Town of Hampstead
In the event that the Quebec government passes this odious bill, which will force people to choose
between their religious beliefs and their jobs, it will not be enforced in Hampstead.
Centrale des syndicats du Québec
In giving their support to the secular charter put forward by the government, our members are
taking a position favouring the neutrality of the state with the principle of equality between men and women, as well as the need to provide a framework for requests for accomodations of a religious nature.
Commission scolaire de Montréal
The social climate in our schools is very important, and we want to stress that we understand very
well that the government wants government to be secular, but when it comes to the application of this bill, there will be difficulties.
Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec
Our responsibility was to see what they were thinking about it, and you see the result today that a very
high majority is supporting the charter.
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